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County applications for new home construction up 457 percent compared to August 2012
Media Release
For Immediate Release
http://www.washoecounty.us
Contact: Nancy Leuenhagen
nleuenhagen@washoecounty.us
775.328.2069
13-153

Reno, Nevada. Sept. 20, 2013. Washoe County’s Community Services Department, Building Services reported more than $33 million in construction was applied for last month with 78 new applications for Single Family Dwellings (SFD).

Single Family Dwellings are up 457 percent compared to last August, and up nearly 390 percent so far this fiscal year compared to last fiscal year. This past August was also the highest number of applications for SFDs since July 2006.

“Revenues from construction were nearly $280,000 for the month of August, which is the highest revenue for any month since July 2005 and the highest revenue for August since 2004,” said Washoe County Building Official Don Jeppson. “Revenues are up 84 percent compared to last August, and up nearly 90 percent so far this fiscal year compared to last fiscal year.” 

The Washoe County Building Services enforces nationally recognized codes and ordinances adopted by the Board of County Commissioners to assure buildings are safe by providing plan checks and inspection services for construction. 

Washoe County Building Services permits and application details:

  • 78 applications for SFDs were received in August 2013
  • 41 SFD applications were received for all of fiscal year 2010
  • 63 applications were received for fiscal year 2011
  • More applications for single family dwellings have been received for July and August, which were 98, than for all of fiscal year 2009 at 88, and fiscal year 2012, at 89
  • Only 183 applications were received for all of fiscal year 2013

“While the economy is complex and there are many factors, we have shown 12 quarters of improvement with a steady increase of single family permits since 2010,” said Jeppson. “Over the same time period, revenues have increased from a low of $996 thousand to more than $1.7 million. Revenues should remain stronger than last year through October, but should start weakening towards the end of the construction season as we head into the winter months.”

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